Scripture Verse

The…gates were twelve pearls…and the street of the city was pure gold. Revelation 21:21


James H. Fillmore, Sr. (1849–1936)

Words: Ro­bert Spur­gin, in The Child­ren’s Hal­le­lu­jah (Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio: Fill­more Bro­thers, 1886).

Music: James H. Fill­more, Sr. (🔊 pdf nwc).

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Spur­gin (head & shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els),


Just over the ri­ver, just over the ri­ver,
I’m told is the ci­ty of God;
Its gates are of pearl, and its streets are of gold,
And by glo­ri­fied be­ings they’re trod.
And Je­sus, my Sav­ior, has gone to that ci­ty,
A place for His own to pre­pare;
In the house of the Fa­ther the man­sions are many,
And one is await­ing me there.


Just ov­er the ri­ver,
That beau­ti­ful ci­ty I see;
Just ov­er the ri­ver,
A place in that ci­ty for me.

Just over the ri­ver, just ov­er the ri­ver,
The ci­ty that know­eth no night;
It need­eth no sun, neith­er need­eth the moon,
For the glo­ry of God is its light.
In that ci­ty are loved ones await­ing my com­ing,
Expectant they stand on the shore;
O when shall I en­ter my man­sion in Hea­ven,
A pil­grim to roam ne­ver­more?